Stand By Me
Friends come in and out of your life like bus boys in a restaurant.
Sure, It may be a little redundant to get all nostalgic about a movie about a guy getting all nostalgic, but Stand By Me is just that awesome.
It’s Labor Day weekend 1959 in Castle Rock, Oregon, and four twelve-year-old kids (Gordie, Vern, Chris, and Teddy) are setting off on an overnight trek way out to the Back Harlow Road to see the dead body of Ray Brower. Thing is, a group of bad-ass teenagers (led by Kiefer Sutherland as Ace Merrill) are heading there, too. So who will get to the body first and claim (what they’re sure is) the huge reward?
Told from the point of view of all-grown-up Gordie, Stand By Me is one of the best coming-of-age stories put to film. It’s chock-full of classic lines (“Do you think Mighty Mouse could beat up Superman?” and “Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy?” to name a few) and a ton of iconic scenes (We’ll just say “Leeches”. And “Lard-Ass”. And just try to convince us that every time you see a trestle bridge you don’t think about the kids outrunning the train.) And don’t forget a sweet little cameo (at 1:11 of this clip) from one of our favorite 80s icons – John Cusack.
Based on a novella by Stephen King and directed by Rob Reiner (who would bring us the equally-classic The Princess Bride a year later), Stand By Me stands the test of time. It’s as great as cherry-flavored Pez.
We ♥ Stand By Me.